reply to post by BillyBoBBizWorth
Originally posted by BillyBoBBizWorth
Is there any North Koreans on ATS that can provide proof that this man is dead?
No... there are no North Koreans on ATS.
There may be the occasional North Korean that looks at ATS, but it would be in an official government capacity, and not with any real freedom to post
99% of North Koreans don't have ready access to the internet. There may be a few of the elite class that do have internet access, but even then their
access would be strictly monitored and controlled, and I very much doubt they would be allowed to view alternative news sources such as ATS. Almost
nothing gets in or out of North Korea that the powers that be don't know about, other than the occasional escapee and a few photos or videos that
tourists or journalists manage to smuggle out.
Even then, any visitors to the country are closely monitored and only allowed to go to areas that are sanitised for the world to see. North Korea is
literally a different world to what the rest of the world is like, essentially stuck in a time capsule from the 50's-60's. We really don't know much
about the interior of North Korea (about 99% of North Korea is completely off limits to the outside world), it has been a closed book to the rest of
the world for more than half a century.
They follow the ideology of "Juche Idea", a concept created by Kim Il Sung (the eternal president), that holds the concept of separatism and complete
global independence in absolute esteem. Except for a brief period in the 50's and 60's the idea has been untenable, with constant outside aid, yet
they still push the idea with an amazing single-mindedness.
To put this in perspective somewhat, here is a night time satellite image of the region that shows how underdeveloped the country is. You can see the
lights of population in South Korea, China and Japan compared to the almost complete darkness (lack of electricity) in North Korea.
The people have been raised from birth to believe in the Juche Idea, and they truly love and respect the almost deistic status of the Kim dynasty, so
the grief you are seeing is most likely very real to them, they have literally lost the father of their people; their spiritual and political leader.
There may be those who think differently, but they would be in regions that no footage will ever make it out of, and they would never voice their
opinions, on fear of death.
The DPRK is truly a different world than almost anything the rest of us can conceive of.
edit on 20-12-2011 by puzzlesphere because: (no reason given)